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Apes Saga On DVD!

Planet of the Apes: The Evolution

All the apes you can take-- six discs' worth-- coming August 15.

The five Planet of the Apes movies-- Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes are finally being released on DVD, all at the same time, in a six-disc boxed set called Planet of the Apes: The Evolution, with a movie to each disc, plus an extra disc with extra features including the 1998 TV documentary "Behind the Planet of the Apes."

The first movie will have a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, while the rest will have Dolby 2-channel surround; all five movies are 2.35:1, non-anamorphic video.

Each of the five discs will also be available separately for $19.95 apiece; the boxed set will go for $99.95-- pretty reasonable for a 6-disc set, if you ask me. (Webmaster's Note: You can get them cheaper at

Planet of the Apes: The Evolution comes out on August 15, 2000.

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Check out the IMDb's
"Behind the Scenes" 
website for the 
DVD Release, 
Planet of the Apes: 
The Evolution

Check out Fox's
uber-cool site for the
DVD release.

Here's a little tidbit from (thanks to our tipster for letting us know):

Now, on to the goodies. First is probably the biggest Fox request as of late, the PLANET OF THE APES box set. Indeed, this six-disc set is THX-certified and all-anamorphic (yeah, baby) (Webmaster Note: This didn't happen), will arrive around 4Q 2000 and features all the films plus an extra "sixth disc" containing the terrific making-of documentary seen on the Fox Channel, amongst other places. However, never fear, the sixth disc will be included in the box set and you won't have to mail away for it! There may be some other goodies on the discs, but in any event it looks pretty dang cool. No price is yet available.

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Review Excerpt (from

"For those out there that really do care about anamorphic enhancement on your DVDs, this disc is a definite disappointment. I know it is for me. But, for what it is, Fox has presented the film better than it has been seen before on home video. They didn't get it all the way right, but they're close. For those that don't give a hoot about anamorphic, (first off: shame on you!) I guess you should go get yourself this disc, you damn dirty ape!"

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Review Excerpt (from

"This is a perfectly dandy box set I mean, it's just dandy that it's finally coming out, given that the restored set's been out for a couple of years now on videocassette but temper your expectations vis a vis supplemental materials. An identical set of trailers and previews for all five films (and the documentary) can be found on each disc plus an unnecessary teaser for a video game that's obviously in the early stages of coding but beyond some intriguing conceptual artwork on the first film's disc, the occasional production stills, and a Web link, there really aren't a lot of goodies to be had here."

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